I had returned to my office this afternoon after coming a commencement ceremony at the college and checked the Royals score. They were down 7-1 in the seventh inning.
I groaned. Not a chance, I thought and proceeded with my work.
Then I saw this tweet during the top of the ninth.
If it's as bad as it looks...see you all in April. We're not winning anything with a Drew Butera/Tony Cruz platoon. https://t.co/gehxBHbNxD— Rany Jazayerli (@jazayerli) May 28, 2016
Now what, I thought, and scrolled a little further down my TweetDeck to see Salvador Perez was involved in a collision and had to be carried off the field.
The collision during the top of the ninth inning here at the K: https://t.co/KRpSeGnnYP— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) May 28, 2016
But then …
And now the Royals have the tying run at the plate in the ninth. So this day is off the rails. 7-4, White Sox— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) May 28, 2016
What!? … That was enough to get me to turn it on. We watched their miraculous comeback last night, and now they were doing it again.
I’ll just let Rustin’s Twitter feed take it from here.
Eric Hosmer hits a gap shot. It's 7-6, White Sox. The Royals trailed 7-1 entering the bottom of the ninth.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) May 28, 2016
And, of course, Drew Butera is now hitting.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) May 28, 2016
Drew Butera just ripped an RBI double and did the hair flip thing at second base. The Royals have scored six runs in the ninth. It's 7-7.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) May 28, 2016
By this time, I had finished my work for the day and had packed up my belongings, ready to go home. But Brett Eibner, whose Major League debut we watched last night along with his first Major League hit, was at the plate with two outs and the winning run on third base. And I wasn’t going anywhere until he made the third out and drove in the winning run.
After an epic at-bat that seemed more destined to result in a walk-off walk, he lined a base-hit for the walk-off win.
I pumped my fist and walked out of my office with the radio feed still playing on my phone, my head high as listened to the roar of the Kauffman Stadium crowd.
The Royals beat the White Sox, 8-7. They scored seven runs in the bottom of the ninth. I can't believe that just happened. KC is 26-22.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) May 28, 2016
That was the largest ninth-inning comeback in Royals history.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) May 28, 2016
Tonight it appears as though Salvy’s injury is a relatively minor one, considering how severe the collision appeared. Thank goodness.
Depending on how severe the quad contusion is, Perez could be looking at DL stint, Ned says. But looks like Royals avoided total disaster.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) May 28, 2016
Art Stewart, who has been in baseball more than 60 years, bounced into the clubhouse after the game: "You had to see it to believe it."— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) May 28, 2016
Here's Rustin's full recap. ... And here's MLB's recap.
I love that Eric Hosmer said "It was one of the craziest regular-season games I've played in." Because we all know which game was THE craziest.